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Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to get hit by a thousand bottle rockets? If so, you might want to check out the Yanshui Fengpao Fireworks Festival in Tainan. During this unique festival, there are many floats and festivities, but the most famous part is the fireworks. Thousands of bottle rockets are fired at brave participants who stand right in front of the explosive bottle rockets on purpose!
How did this unique festival start? In the late 19th century, Yanshui was a busy port city. At the time, many residents were suffering from a plague. In order to drive out the disease, locals paraded a statue of a god around the city and set off lots of firecrackers. Shortly afterwards, the disease seemed to go away! Many years later, people began using bottle rockets instead of firecrackers for the festival.
這個特有的節慶是怎麼開始的呢？ 鹽水在十九世紀末曾是一座繁忙的港都。 當時有許多居民正遭受瘟疫的折磨。 為了趕走這種疾病，當地人抬了一尊神像遶行整座城市，並燃放大量鞭炮。不久之後，這種疾病似乎就消失了！多年後，人們開始在這個節慶中用沖天炮來取代鞭炮。
More recently, large platforms have been used to launch the bottle rockets. These platforms resemble giant beehives, which is how the festival got its current name. If you feel brave enough to take on a bunch of exploding bottle rockets, check out the Yanshui Fengpao Fireworks Festival!